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04/29/13 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: TOP 10 UNDRAFTED UNDERCLASSMEN: 5. RB Cierre Wood, Notre Dame (5-11, 213, 4.56)...Although he had an up-and-down collegiate career, Wood flashed NFL talent throughout his time in South Bend and has the skills to contribute in a zone-blocking scheme. But lackluster production and some off-field questions (two-game 2012 suspension for breaking team rules) made him unworthy of a draft pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/29/13 - 2013 Notre Dame Pro Day: Cierre Wood, running back (5-11 1/4, 218) - Wood ran 4.52 and 4.51. He posted a 4.25 time in the short-shuttle drill, 6.81 in the three-cone, and kept his vertical and broad jump numbers from the combine. He also did 18 strength reps and performed a postion workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
01/14/13 - If Brian Kelly is able to lead Notre Dame back to the BCS championship next year he'll do so without the Irish's top two rushers from 2012. Notre Dame knew it would be losing senior Theo Riddick, but junior running back Cierre Wood will also be leaving. He will forgo his senior season and is entering the 2013 NFL draft.
The 6-0, 215-pound Wood averaged an eye-popping 6.7 yards per carry for the Irish in 2012, finishing second to Riddick (880 yards) with 740 rushing yards and four touchdowns despite starting just four of the 10 games he played. Wood was suspended for the first two games of the season by Kelly for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Wood is a naturally elusive runner with the burst to and through the hole, plus lateral agility to make defenders miss. These traits, along with good vision, speed and size make him an intriguing NFL prospect with enough upside to warrant middle-round consideration. Wood doesn't run as powerfully as his size would indicate and remains a bit rough around the edges as a pass blocker, however, which is why NFLDraftScout.com currently rates him as the No. 20 running back prospect in the 2013 draft.
The 2013 draft is lacking a consensus top running back prospect and therefore is perceived by some to be lacking in talent. There is good depth at the position, however, which makes Woods' leap a bit of a gamble. The difference between his being being drafted in the third round or the sixth could come down to the performance he has in pre-draft workouts and the feedback teams receive when investigating his suspension. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/16/12 - 2012 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT HONORABLE MENTION: RB Cierre Wood (Sr.), has been selected All-Independent Honorable Mention for the 2012 college football season by members of a nationwide media panel, which includes equal representation from each of the independent institutions’ coverage markets. - Notre Dame football
11/18/12 - In his three seasons at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly has landed a few “six-star” recruits - players that decided to come back to school instead of putting their names in for the NFL Draft. After landing Michael Floyd, Tyler Eifert, and Manti Te’o, Kelly and his offensive staff should set their sights on running back Cierre Wood. After leading the Irish in rushing the past two seasons, Wood started the season seemingly in the head coach’s dog house, suspended for the year’s first two games for a mysterious violation of team rules along with linebacker Justin Utupo. And while Wood has continued to put up impressive stats in his third season in the Irish backfield, Kelly and the offensive staff have leaned more heavily on fellow senior Theo Riddick, choosing versatility and consistency, even if the results are more modest.
On paper, the decision is confounding. Riddick is averaging a decent 4.58 yards a carry on the season while leading the team with 160 carries for 734 yards. Wood, after running for 150 yards on just 11 carries, now has 720 yards on just 102 carries, averaging more than seven yards a carry. Wood mentioned on Facebook that Saturday would be his final game in Notre Dame Stadium, leading you to believe that he’s ready to depart South Bend after getting his diploma. But Kelly believes that the senior running back, who has a year of eligibility remaining, still has work to be done.
“Cierre continues to do the job we ask him to do,” Kelly said. “He’s getting better. I mean, he’s got a long way to go, but he had a great night tonight. I think we blocked well up front. He saw the things necessary to put his foot in the ground and play North and South. He’s a better football player when he goes North and South. I think he’s starting to understand that as well.” - Keith Arnold, Inside the Irish